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Wind farms supported by majority of people in South Australia, Victoria and NSW

 those who opposed wind power were “out of step with community thinking”.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of people believed a farmer’s right to generate income from their land was more important than a resident’s right to a view clear of wind turbines.

People worrying themselves sick’ over windfarms http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/people-worrying-themselves-sick-over-windfarms/story-e6frea83-1226388175640 Political Reporter Lauren Novak June 07, 2012 MORE than 80 per cent of people believe health concerns about wind farms will “turn out to be nothing to worry about”, a survey commissioned by the Clean Energy Council says.

The survey also showed the majority of respondents supported wind farms and felt the right of farmers to make a profit from turbines on their land was more important than a resident’s right to a view.

The council survey took in 1200 people in regional and metropolitan
areas in three states – South Australia, Victoria and NSW – which have
wind farms.

More than 80 per cent of respondents felt concerns about the health
effects of wind turbines would prove unfounded, while 17 per cent
thought they would turn out to be “a real health issue”.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of people believed a farmer’s right to generate income from their land was more important than a resident’s right to a view clear of wind turbines.

Clean Energy Council policy director Russell Marsh said the results showed those who opposed wind power were “out of step with community thinking”.

“The majority of people surveyed agreed that wind farms bring income
to farmers and local businesses, and that governments shouldn’t get in
the way of this,” Mr Marsh said.

Following the first hearing this week by an SA parliamentary committee
investigating wind farms, Greens MLC Mark Parnell said while people
“get annoyed from the sound from wind farms, there is no evidence that
it’s making people sick”.

“Certainly people are worrying themselves sick,” he said.

The survey also found:

ALMOST two-thirds (60 per cent) of people felt restrictions on
wind-farm growth meant the  state’s industry was mis- sing
opportunities.

ABOUT three-quarters (77 per cent) felt local communities and
landowners should be able to “make up their own minds” about wind
farms, with less interference from politicians.

South Australia provides 54 per cent of the nation’s wind power.

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June 8, 2012 - Posted by | New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, wind | ,

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